Compared to other European countries, the UK has a long working week. However, there are public holidays (some of which are known as ‘bank holidays’) which extend the weekends and allow for an extra break at certain points in the year.
What are public holidays?
Some public holidays are celebratory, like Christmas day or Good Friday. Others fall on the Monday and allow workers to have an extended weekend. It is important to note that on public holidays, retail outlets and some services operate restricted opening hours, and some may not open at all.